August 10, 2020 – Outdoor fun, another Whole Foods + TopGolf is open

How’s it going, Chattanooga? 👋 Intern Cassidy here, and we may be in the midst of a pandemic, but summertime and warm weather are still upon us, and I know all you Chattanoogans are itching to participate in some more outdoor activities before fall arrives.

This could be fun for a while, but there are more options, promise. | Gif via Giphy

I rounded up something for everyone, so take a look, then get outside and enjoy these last glorious days of summer. ☀️

For the fisherman
Scenic City Fishing | Experienced guides will help you reach your highest fishing potential in the Chattanooga area. | Follow them on Facebook here and on Instagram @sceniccityfishing.

For the water lover
🚣 L2 Outside | Rent kayaks + paddleboards in the Coolidge Park area for a day (or a couple hours) out on the river. | Follow them on Facebook here and on Instagram @l2_outside_.

For the hiker
Experience Chattanooga | Embark on a guided hiking tour that comes with a personalized photo gallery with pictures of your adventure taken by a professional photographer. | Follow them on Facebook here and on Instagram @experiencechattanooga.

For the biker
Enterprise South Nature Park | Bike 10 miles of mountain biking trails easy enough for beginners, or enjoy over five miles of hiking/walking trails as well as several historical exhibits + picnic areas. | Follow them on Facebook here.

🚴 Pedego Chattanooga | Rent (or buy) electric bikes to ride around the city. | Follow them on Facebook here and on Instagram @pedegochattanooga.

For the adventure seeker
Adventure Sports Innovation | Rent innovative outdoor technology like hoverboards, e-surfboards, and electric vehicles for off-road driving, or immerse yourself in virtual reality simulators for hang gliding, tightrope walking high above the city + more. | Follow them on Facebook here and on Instagram @asichatt.

For the nature lover
Audubon Acres | Explore 130 acres of nature + learn about its history at this Chattanooga Audubon Society sanctuary. | Follow the Chattanooga Audubon Society on Facebook here.


Are you counting down the days until fall, or do you want to hold onto summer?



Bring on the cooler weather.



I wish it could be summer year-round.



I love all the seasons.



I’m counting down the days until WINTER.


A sewage study conducted by Biobot Analytics + the City of Chattanooga found that there are possibly thousands more COVID-19 cases in the city than reported. The city’s wastewater treatment center has been sending samples to Biobot, and traces of the virus can be found in the wastewater. On July 21, the health department reported 4,461 confirmed cases, and Biobot found 8,200. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

The SEC will require football players + those in direct contact with them to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week during the upcoming season. Coaches, staff, and personnel will be required to wear face coverings while on the sidelines. These rules apply to soccer and volleyball as well. (NewsChannel 9)

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, Publix now requires customers to wear face coverings over their noses and mouths while inside the store. Learn more about the mandate here. 😷

Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Chattanooga’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events

Earlier this year, Whole Foods bought the local Earth Fare storealong with many other struggling locations — for $900,000. The original Earth Fare store in Asheville has since been reopened under the original name, but Chattanooga’s store will come back as a Whole Foods. 🥬

We posted the news + a photo on social media last week, and most of the comments are in favor of a Trader Joe’s (which wasn’t even in the original question!)we love how Noogans just won’t give up on a dream. 🙌

IG user @iambradleysmith said it best@traderjoes please notice all the people wanting a Trader Joe’s in Chattanooga, TN even when a post doesn’t even mention you. There is a NEED. You guys will be so profitable! Every time I see anything mentioning a grocer in this city, everyone always bombards the comments asking for a Trader Joe’s. If you were a franchise, I’d open one! Others please tag @traderjoes to make them notice this.”

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95º | Sunny | 20% chance of rain ☀️


Speaking of being outdoorsAfter more than a year of waiting, TopGolf in East Ridge (490 Camp Jordan Parkway) is now open. Employees are taking COVID-19 precautions, including having plastic dividers between golf bays, socially distanced tables, masks + extra cleanings. (WRCB)


The Creative Discovery Museum was awarded a $250,000 Museums of America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to help fund renovation + expansion. The grant funds will directly support the Ignite Discovery campaign that launched in January. The Creative Discovery Museum was one of 109 museums in the country to be awarded the grant. 🙌


The Aug. 6 elections ended with Marquita Bradshaw coming out on top for the Democrats who were vying for the seat that U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is vacating. Bradshaw is now the first black woman to run as a major political party nominee for the U.S. Senate. She faces Republican Bill Hagerty in the November elections. In local elections, Hamilton County got one new school board member — Marco Perez. Other school board incumbents Tiffanie Robinson, Joe Wingate, and Rhonda Thurman kept their spots.
Although EPB is providing free internet service to Hamilton County students, not everyone will have it before school starts. EPB said it has to install equipment to homes that haven’t previously had EPB access. Some local activists and residents expressed disappointment in this. EPB said they will work as fast as possible. (NewsChannel 9)


Local education officials discussed plans for starting college classes with Rotary Club members last week. UTC will have 62% of its classes online, and students will have to enter through a specific area of campus and fill out a questionnaire before going to class. Chattanooga State Community College will be requiring masks for everyone on campus. 🎒 (


The Chattanooga Red Wolves recently received Tanner Dieterich on loan from Nashville SC. Dieterich, 22, is a Tennessee native who was selected by Nashville SC as the 28th overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft on Feb. 25, 2020. He is a Clemson soccer alum, was a three-year captain of the team, and had 75 appearances over the course of his collegiate career. He was also a member of the USA U-17 World Cup squad in Chile. ⚽


NOOGAtoday editor Chloé does a weekly good news segment with Greg Funderburg from NewsChannel 9/Fox Chattanooga. You can watch Friday’s episode here, and we encourage you to submit your good news for consideration. If you have photos or video to share (which is great), you can share them here. Or you can email us at [email protected].
Television writer Richard Fielder — who has family connections to Chattanooga and who wrote for popular shows such as “The Waltons” and “Gunsmoke — will be buried here. Fielder, 95, died last week in Dallas, TX, but Forest Hills Cemetery in St. Elmo has special meaning for the family and for Fielder, so he will be buried there. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)


Hamilton Place and Northgate malls plan to be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Retailers and restaurants inside the mall will have the option to open but common areas of the mall won’t be accessible. 🔒 (WRCB)

NOOGAdiaries day No. 24: Trista here, and I wish it could be summer all the time. I am such a baby when cold weather starts, and I never want to leave my house. I’d be perfect happy if we went from fall to spring. I can’t believe some people like winter and snow.

I hope no matter how you feel about the summer heat, you find today’s guide helpful. Oh! And keep a lookout for a #TryThis conversation about hiking with Experience Chattanooga. 🙌

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